U.S. safety regulators warned millions of owners of older model vehicles in "Rust Belt" states to get their brake systems checked for corrosion, a warning that stems from a long-running investigation of complaints about GM trucks and SUVs.

The "Rust Belt" includes about half of the 50 U.S. states. It is where salt is used to melt snow and ice on roads, which can increase the chance of corrosion on cars and trucks over time.

The advisory stems from research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine whether rust-related problems on brake systems were a safety defect on about 2 million GM trucks and SUVs.

NHTSA on Thursday also closed that investigation without a recall of the GM vehicles from model years 1999 to 2003, which included Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

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NHTSA Warns Rust Belt Vehicle Owners About Performing Preventative Maintenance

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